The NFL regular season is now complete. Veteran snapper Kevin Houser made his debut with the Ravens without any issues. Titans snapper Ken Amato was injured after being hit on a missed field goal attempt return at the end of the first half against the Colts and rookie center Kevin Matthews filled in on an emergency basis.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated provided an inspirational look at the sequence of events surrounding the devastating injury suffered by rookie snapper Morgan Cox of the Ravens last week against the Browns in his Monday Morning Quarterback column. Cox was injured in the second quarter on a pileup after a field goal try when two lineman fell on his leg. Although the injury provided to be ACL and MCL tears, Cox was able to finish the game. King’s article describes the sportsmanship the Browns demonstrated to Cox and defender Shaun Rogers in particular, who prevented Cox from falling on another extra point try later in the game. Cox is scheduled for surgery today to repair the damage.
As usual at this time of year, the coaching carousel starts to spin and frequently involves special teams coaches. To date, the Chargers have already announced that special teams coach Steve Crosby will not return next season.
With respect to punt coverage tackles this week, Garrison Sanborn (Bills) had two tackles, both assisted. Client Brett Goode (Packers), Zak DeOssie (Giants) and Jeremy Cain (Jaguars) each had solo tackles, while Nick Sundberg (Redskins), JJ Jansen (Panthers) and LP Ladouceur (Cowboys) each had assisted tackles.
With the regular season complete, Mike Leach of the Cardinals led all snappers in tackles with eight, six of which were solo. Leach even played tight end this week for the Cardinals due to injury. Jon Condo (Raiders) and Andrew Economos (Bucs) each ended the season with six total tackles based on stats compiled exclusively by Longsnap.com from NFL Game Books each week.
Below is the final NFL Long Snappers Chart for the season.